Prior to joining the faculty at USC Annenberg, professor Rosa-Linda Fregoso was Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She has also held faculty appointments at UC Davis, where she was director of Women and Gender Studies, and at UC Santa Barbara in the departments of Communications and Chicano Studies.
At USC, Fregoso holds appointments in the School of Cinematic Arts and the department of American Studies and Ethnicity.
She is the author of six books including: meXicana Encounters: The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands (University of California Press, 2003); The Devil Never Sleeps and Other Films by Lourdes Portillo (University of Texas Press, 2001); The Bronze Screen: Chicana and Chicano Film Culture (1993); Miradas de Mujer (with Norma Iglesias; COLEF, and UC Berkeley, 1999) and Terrorizing Women: Feminicide in the Americas (2010). She is currently working on a book on Feminicides in the Americas (co-edited with Cynthia Bejerano and under contract with Duke University Press).
Before coming to Academia, she worked as a radio and television journalist. Between 1979-1982, she produced and hosted “The Mexican American Experience” for the Longhorn Radio Network (an NPR affiliate). The weekly radio program aired nationally on public and commercial radio stations. From 1977-79, she produced and hosted “Telecorpus,” a daily talkshow that aired on KORO-TV.
She has a Ph.D. in the Language, Society & Culture Program (Communication & Literature) from UC San Diego; and a BJ from the University of Texas, Austin.
Her research interests are in theories of representation, human rights, transnational feminism, cultural studies and media.